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Thank you for highlighting the Bug Man. I'm not familiar with his column but will now check it out. The excerpt you quoted above about showing kindness and being humane was touching.

Wow, great stuff.
And in the "I can top that" category, ya know what's worse than worms in the toilet? RATS! Believe, it, folks. I came home one night to the sound of water sloshing in my bathroom and yep - there was a huge city rat in there trying to leap out. They live in and come up through the plumbing, just like those worms.

So what did I do? Oh, you'll be proud of me, I predict. Scooped it up with a big spoon into a bucket and released it outdoors. And kept the light on in the bathroom for months.

Amy, Hooray for the Bugman! He is an inspiration to all of us garden columnists who try our best to educate our readers about the dangers of so many poisons routinely prescribed for garden pests, and the much less toxic alternatives.

Long Live Bug Man!

Actually I believe, that talking more about less harmfull alternatives of pest control is more beneficial, that talking about not using toxins.
We get things we concentrate on, whether it is toxins or being unhappy.
Glass is always either half empty of half full - we decide on what to concentrate and what abundancy to get.
best to you,

That is a great link! Thanks.

Bless the Bug Man and his sage advice. And the orange oil study by U.C. Berkeley is exactly why even the most "reputable" studies should be taken with a grain of salt. I strongly recommend the book, "Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science." It gives great examples of studies where numbers and statistics were made up and skewed tests set up just for the sole purpose of promoting a particular agenda. You'll never read about another "scientific study" without thinking "was it real or fudged?"

In my professional experience, I've noticed properties using "routine pest control" services spraying insecticides all the time have much less balance in the landscape environment and are more prone to uncontrollable outbreaks of aphids, whitefly, scale and the like. This is either due to the predator/parasitic species (that normally could control the problem insects) being wiped out by the relentless spraying, or bad karma, or both. Thank you, Bugman for your work to get people to think before spraying.

I just want to add that anyone who runs an animal sanctuary should be granted automatic sainthood. Or something.

JT that is exactly my experience in twenty years of doing landscape work. Not only did routine spraying cause more large scale outbreaks of pests, the plants themselves were often less vigorous. That was probably the result of killing off much of the soil micro flora and fauna as well as direct chemical burn.

How has this awesome Bug Man escaped my notice for so long? I'm going to start raiding people's recycling bins for old Chronicles to read.

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